TechCrunch co-editor did not want to blog New York Times-Flipboard deal

TechCrunch co-editor Alexia Tsotsis didn’t seem too jazzed about writing up today’s news about The New York Times-Flipboard deal. (Salty language follows the jump.)

The item begins:

Fuckers I am so sick of reporting on incremental tech news for fucking two years now, so sick I’m pretty much considering reverting full-time to fashion coverage.

And ends:

Suck it, old media. And please die more slowly from now on, because I (clearly) hate you.

In between there’s a quick interview with Flipboard CEO Mike McCue, who “was cool enough to answer me,” Tsotsis writes. The interview was conducted, she writes, “in between the downing of tonight’s two bottles of wine.” There have, as you might expect, been some strong reactions to the piece, starting with a lively comments section (sample: “This post makes me embarrassed to be part of new media”) and tweets on Twitter:

Writing for The New York Observer’s Beta Beat, Nitasha Tiku tries to figure out why routine news about a digital partnership set Tsotsis’ fingers a-flying so.

Is she upset that the New York Times is experimenting with a new way to finance its (actually invaluable) non-lemming news operation? Does she resent the tech blog as press release regurgitation model?

The answer to the last question would appear to be yes.

I emailed Tsotsis and TechCrunch editor Eric Eldon, curious about the internal reaction to the unusual post. Neither was cool enough to answer me.

Tsotsis did tweet this, though:

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  • http://www.poynter.org Poynter

    Hi, Dave. Alexia spoke with Andrew Beaujon about how she approached the post and how she approaches TechCrunch. The interview is here: http://journ.us/MWCD0k –Julie Moos, Director of Poynter Online

  • http://www.spot.us digidave

    Hello @facebook-543710097:disqus 

    You too are awesome for responding!!!

    Apologies for the name-mind-block. Noted and won’t happen again.

    But wondering if you have thoughts on the substance of the comment? 

    I understand that you don’t have superiors. That’s not what I’m questioning. 

    I wonder if in writing this – your goal was to make your thoughts (or you) the story rather than let the story keep a focus on technology. That’s what I was eluding too. It’s similar to this post you wrote only a few weeks ago: http://tcrn.ch/Knb53l

    You know the old joke “three is a trend” maybe there is already a third – or one to come. But the point still is – I’m noticing a similar tone in both and it leaves me wondering what’s the alternative for you as a writer?

    I agree re: churning out press releases can be lame. I don’t think anybody will argue otherwise. 

    But I don’t know if the solution is to rant about the fact that there are a lot of press releases or write snarky ‘here’s another press release story I have to churn out’ – the results of which ends up being more a story about the writer than anything else. That devolves into navel-gazing (as obvious in this post about Poynter and others which is more about you than anything else), which I don’t think is your goal – or the statement you are trying to make.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=543710097 Anonymous

    Alexia. Also, I don’t really have superiors. :)

  • Anonymous

    A reporter frustrated by rewriting press releases or working on a boring story at her/his superior’s orders? What a marvel!

  • http://www.spot.us digidave

    @twitter-7982802:disqus You are awesome for answering here 

  • http://twitter.com/eldon Eric Rosser Eldon

    I honestly didn’t see your email until now. TechCrunch has never had a formal editorial review process, and it has published various articles along these lines before…. I was asleep when Alexia wrote and ran this post, but the most surprising thing about it has been the reaction.

  • http://twitter.com/eldon Eric Rosser Eldon

    I honestly didn’t see your email until now. TechCrunch has never had a formal editorial review process, and it has published various articles along these lines before…. I was asleep when Alexia wrote and ran this post, but the most surprising thing about it has been the reaction.